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Iron Horse Air Compressor

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by nikerret, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. nikerret

    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    What are your thoughts/opinions/experiences on Iron Horse brand air compressors? They are made by Wood Industries, Inc.

    I am looking at a 60 gallon tank that runs 11.2 CFM @ 90 PSI and I can get it for around $450 after taxes from a local store. I don't need that much air, right now, but for the price I'm looking at, it seems stupid to get a good 20 gallon tank that I will likely grow out of.

    My budget is pretty hard at $500. In the smaller tanks (also a lot less CFM), I can have my pick, but in the large tanks (and CFM) I only have a few choices. It has to be local as the travel or to pay for shipping quickly puts me over budget.

    I live in a small town, no Lowes or Home Depot.

    My options right now are:

    Iron Horse $457
    http://www.eaglecompressor.com/air_compressor_model.php?recordID=277

    or

    Puma $519
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200455341_200455341

    or

    Campbell Hausfeld $536
    http://www.chpower.com/productdetail/shop-air-60-gallon-air-compressor_vt6275


    The Puma is popular around here, but the two people I know that have them have had completely opposite experiences. One: no problems. The other: engine failure and issues keeping PSI up.

    The CH is the most common brand I've seen around, but is generally regarded as lower quality (as a brand).

    The Iron Horse is the mystery. Everyone has "heard" of them, but no one I know has any direct experience using them.
     
  2. nikerret

    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    Well, let me try to squeeze this in between all the responses....

    I went ahead and picked up the Iron Horse last night, got it running, today. It's a champ at airing up tires. I have to buy some tools to get much else done.

    Had to take off a few of the fittings and tape them up, but seems to be holding good air for the last hour. The noise isn't too bad.
     

  3. OGW

    OGW NRA, SAF

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    Make sure you drain condensate from the tank regularly, and it wouldn't hurt to put a moisture trap inline.
     
  4. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

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    I have a cheap ( I paid $400) 5 HP 60 gal vertical compressor I have worked the crap out of for 40 years. It's still great even after a car rebuilding business for 9 years.

    I went through the fittings and made sure every one was sealed tight. I then put 5 Galvanized pipe 8' sections, up and down the wall at 6" intervals for a cooling trap (petcocks at each turnaround at the bottom), and it wrings all the moisture out of the air, works like a dream

    I have not shut the air or power off to the lines for 40 years and everything is great. Cheap can surprise you.